A few weeks ago Kia unveiled the updated 2021 Kia Stinger and now it’s released more info about the changes under the hood.
The big news is that the 2021 Stinger is getting a new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that Kia says was added exclusively for the North American market. The 2.5-liter engine generates 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, which is a big increase from the old 2.0-liter with its 255 hp and 260 lb-ft. Kia hasn’t mentioned if the 2.0-liter will be dropped, but we expect that it will be.
The 3.3-liter V6 in the Stinger GT has also been updated a bit with a new electronic exhaust valve system that makes it louder and at the same time it adds an extra three horsepower. This means that the V6 now has 368 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque.
The Stinger continues with an eight-speed automatic transmission and buyers can choose rear- or all-wheel drive with the four-cylinder and V6 engines.
On the tech front, the new Stinger gets the same Blind-Spot View Monitor as the Telluride that displays a video feed of your blind spot in the digital instrument cluster when you put on the turn signal. There’s also a new 10.25-inch touchscreen display or an 8.0-inch display that replaces the old 7.0-inch system.
The new Kia Stinger is scheduled to go on sale in South Korea in the third quarter of 2020. Kia says that sales will commence in many global markets by the end of the year, but it didn’t give an exact timeline for the US. So we’ll have to wait and see if arrives as a 2021 or 2022 model.